Charli Brissey

Assistant Professor of Dance


Charli Brissey is an interdisciplinary artist, scholar, and teacher who works choreographically with various technologies and materials. This primarily includes bodies, cameras, language, instincts, and ecosystems. Their research integrates studies in feminist theory, technology, and science, and centers choreography as an invaluable methodology to research social-political-ecological phenomena. Brissey has been creating performances, installations, experimental videos, and written scholarship for over seventeen years, and has been presented in various galleries, conferences, film festivals, and performance venues nationally and internationally. This includes the National Queer Arts Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, The Eye Film Institute, Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center, Center for Performance Research, Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Berlin Revolution Film Festival, Paris International Feminist Film Festival, FEM TOUR TRUCK, Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Queer Publics Symposium, and several others.

Projects have included a four-month study of deep time and eroticism in caves of Virginia, developing movement scores to track the oscillation patterns of island tides in British Columbia, and researching the choreographic relationship between stray cats and the local restaurant economy of Lefkada Island in Greece.

In 2019 Brissey directed and curated the Art in the Anthropocene Symposium at the University of Michigan, where it will be returning in various formats throughout 2021-22.


Bio last updated June 2020


BFA (dance & choreography), Virginia Commonwealth University
MFA (kinetic imaging), Virginia Commonwealth University
MFA (dance), University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign

Selected Video Work

DAY 27, 2020

– Agoraphobia Film Fest (Winner)
– #LockDownLogOn (Winner)
– Turnpike Film Festival
– Long Distance Film Festival
– Dumbo Film Festival

Canis Major, 2019

– ADF’s Movies By Movers
– Berlin Revolution Film Festival
– Jersey Shore Film Festival
– Bush Films Queer Film Series
– Screen.Dance: Scotland International Festival of Dance on Screen
– New Indie Film Festival of London

Revolution Study 1

-DesArts//DesCinés Dance & Cinema Festival Saint-Ettienne, France
-8th Annual Feminist Film Festival. Champaign, USA
-Twisted Oyster Experimental Video and Art Festival. Chicago, USA

Miraging, 2018

-Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Urbana, IL.

Revolution Study 1, 2016

-DesArts//DesCinés Dance & Cinema Festival Saint-Ettienne, France
-8th Annual Feminist Film Festival. Champaign, USA
-Twisted Oyster Experimental Video and Art Festival. Chicago, USA

Limestone Erotics, 2015

-Witch Rave. Berlin, Germany. Curated by Coral Short.
-Salzburg Porn Fest. Salzburg, Germany.
-Vancouver Queer Film Festival


The Making of Canis Major: Experimental Narratives for Earthly Survival
-Screen.Dance: Scotland’s International Festival of Dance on Screen. June  2020.

 Dancing at the End of the World: Choreographies of Time and Uncertainty
Art in the Anthropocene Symposium. University of Michigan. October 2019.

Queerly Inhuman: A Materialist Approach to Gender, Desire, and Radical Resistance
-Imagine Queer Conference. Newcastle University. Newcastle UK. October  2018.

Towards an Open Erotics: A Choreographic Take on Desire and Queer Sex
– Queer Publics Symposium. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. February 2017.

20 Rue Jacob: A Cross-Disciplinary Reimagining of the Portraits of Romaine Brooks
– IUGTE International Multidisciplinary Conference. Retzhof Castle. Austria. December 2016